IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour was light golden with a frothy head. Aroma was of lemon, orange, yeast, and a brett-like tartness. Flavors were barnyard hay, aged cheese, lemon, and orange. I got a little pepper, but that flavor in particular seemed a bit weak. Good brew. Nice blend of flavors making a nice complex brew. I’d probably buy this one again.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a clear yellow with a white head of clear bubbles. Aroma is quite dry, minerally, some white grapes, yeast, some blue cheese, and a touch of pepper. A subdued and soft but complex nose. The flavor doesn’t quite follow through, though. The mouthfeel is a little too thin and watery. The cheese is prominent, some bitterness, the wine character is there, but there’s not much in the way of tannin. Orange peel coming through on the front, with a strong yeast presence on the back of the palate. This beer has most of the ingredients it needs to be a great saison, but it’s just missing something for me that I can’t quite put my finger on.
tennisjoel (1180) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber rating. Pours slightly hazy golden with active legs. Egg white head which diminishes quickly. Flavor is floral, crackers, pepper, orange peel, and stinky cheese. Just a very small tart note as well. For me this ranks slightly under some of the best saisons, but holds its own with most in its style.
nickd717 (3558) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via trade thanks to dug on BA. Awesome extra. Pours an amazing brilliant hazy golden color with a large lasting white head and great lacing. Straight-up nails the appearance. Aroma is Belgian yeast, funk, floral hops, and citrus. Flavor is slightly sweet pale malt, wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, orange peel, white pepper, and floral hops. Somewhat complex and very tasty. Very yeasty. Finish is slightly dry and palate is clean and refreshing with soft carbonation. Excellent beer overall.
zeke626 (428) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled July 17, 2009. Pours a hazy, light yellow-green body with white foam head. Spicy aroma of belgian malts along with hints of honey and citrus. There is also a weird funkiness in the aroma. Flavor is not nearly as complex as the aroma; it’s mainly belgian malts and spices with a slight pepper tone. The palate and mouthfeel is really where this beer is interesting - it’s medium-bodied with a very smooth, soft mouthfeel. The finish is delightfully dry and clean.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber, bottled June 1, 2009, with another thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum! Pours a clear pale golden with a large fluffy bright white head that slowly recedes while leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is belgian yeast, light spice and floral, and some grass and citrus hops. Flavor is more belgian yeast, some more spice and floral and a little grassy hops. Gentle and enjoyable stuff, thanks again Adam!
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan
Hazy blond color. Medium aroma strength, earthy and spicy. Dry mouthfeel, not so strong; dry herbal toffee flavor, light camomile, grassy. Strong ending bitterness. A peculiar Saison, but not impressive.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber - thanks after4ever!! clear, straw gold with thin white head fading quickly; soft, lemony, mild yeast spice aromas; bone dry with a bready, light texture; touch of fizz on the lips; not overly fruity or sweet, but a very nice "plain jane" kind of saison
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Iowa City Brewfest. Poured a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. Smelled of baking spices, citrus, and fruity pastry. Light to medium bodied with subdued farmhouse funk, but no significant acidity. I tasted mixed spices, yeasty bread dough, and citrus fruit. Decent.
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small glass as part of Goose Island beer and cheese tasting at Teller’s in Cincinnati. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Pleasant citrus aroma with coriander and malt. Dry citrus flavor with malt, and yeast. Juicy, fruity, dry, sweet, crisp, and just a tad tart. Light to medium bodied. Dry finish. Very nice saison.